Just Traded My Nexus for the Razr Maxx...

Discussion in 'Samsung Galaxy Nexus' started by daudi81, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. daudi81

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    I finally found a MAXX in stock locally, so I snatched it up - and I'm kind of regretting it.

    So far the only things the MAXX has on the nexus is battery life and wifi strength.

    I thought the nexus had bad signal/data performance, but I can now chalk that up to it just being my area. The MAXX is in no way shape or form better in data/reception than the Nexus. The MAXX usually shows more bars, but the Nexus would consistently get faster speeds. A 2-3mbit connection on the MAXX is about 3-5 on the Nexus (speedtest app) What's weird though, is the ping (speedtest app) on the MAXX is a LOT better than the Nexus. I'd get maybe 60-90 ping on the MAXX while on the Nexus I'd get 150-350 consistently. Not really sure what that means. I know what ping means, but why would the MAXX outperform in ping and be worse in speed?

    Wifi on the MAXX is better - I consistently get 30mbit at home, while on the Nexus I'd get 12-15mbit standing right next to the router. Not a big deal though, I'm not downloading huge movies and games on my Nexus, so 30mbit is a little overkill. You can't tell the difference in browsing between the 2.

    Screen on the Nexus is obviously better - but the brightness/saturation and stuff on them is pretty close. The Nexus just has higher resolution so of course everything is prettier.

    Build quality - I guess the MAXX has better materials, etc - but I like the ergonomics of the Nexus better, as the MAXX is wider, and I don't like that as much.

    The kicker is ICS though. I'm TOTALLY missing it. I know MAXX will get ICS soon, but it probably won't be the same stripped down customizable version that's on the Nexus (correct me if I'm wrong?).

    I had no prior experience to ICS or to Motorola's system before this, and I can tell you ICS is a bajillion times easier to use. While I'm browsing around in the MAXX sometimes I wonder what Motorola was thinking.

    However, after all this I will probably keep the MAXX. My wife is due for an upgrade soon, and I will probably end up using it on the S3 when it's released. She likes the MAXX better because of the battery, so since this phone will be hers in a couple months, the MAXX stays and the Nexus goes - for now =)
     
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    I just got a Maxx a week ago to replace my Nexus. My data reception is leaps and bounds over what it was with the Gnex. I am pulling a strong signal at home when I barely got anything before. It connects to 4G in that particular area miles before the Gnex did. And I am pulling 4G sometimes at work inside where the Gnex most of the time got nothing. Wifi reception is better too. And let's not gforget the outstanding battery life.

    I too am missing ICS and the Gnex display. It was a little sharper and the added width made landscaping typing so much easier. And let's not forget the unlocked bootloader. But I need a phone that works all the time without fail. So I gave up a few things to gain a few more important ones.
     
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    Weird, maybe I got a funky Maxx then. I see a lot of people have better reception with MAXX. Yea I get more bars, but the actual speeds are a bit slower. Definitely weird.
     
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    Nexus is awesome, I wouldn't trade if I were you.

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    I live in what is considered a fringe area. Motorola devices have always given me the best reception. V60, V90, OG Droid, DX, Bionic and now Razr Maxx all got stellar reception. Sammy, HTC and LG never compare.

    Thumbed from my TF101
     
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    Depends on what all you need. I have no bad data reception or anything and don't use wifi ever as 4G does just fine for me. My home isp is only a little bit faster and I don't see much battery difference so no need to switch. I haven't had the MAXX so I'm not sure if reception is any better.

    The MAXX and RAZR are both just too wide for me in the hand(and the original RAZR feels way too thin) and just feel awkward, but the extra bulk does help a little on the MAXX. I'm honestly just not a RAZR fan however, if it wasn't for the Nexus I'd have the Rezound or would have stuck with the Droid 3 until a better phone came out. Upgrading to the RAZR wouldn't have felt like an upgrade besides having 4G considering the Droid 3 OS is about exactly the same.'

    The only con I have with the Nexus is that it IS a bit too slippery lol, and I'm not a fan of the grainy screen when the brightness is down even though I'm used to it now and don't really notice it. I usually have it up all the way though when I'm at home though so no problems. :)

    I'm not a casual phone user so.. having the dev support is a MUST. RAZR and other Moto phones have dev support obviously, just not like the Nexus.

    And no you won't be getting official ICS any time "soon" with Moto's release for estimated dates. You'll likely be getting that when Android 5.0 is rumored to be out already.. and if I stick with the Nexus instead of upgrading to a phone that has that, we should get the ported to the Nexus fairly easy. So that's another win.
     
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    I agree with everything you are saying man. The MAXX is just really WIDDDEE. But thinner than the Nexus. The nexus fit my hand just right. And yea, it was a bit slippery.

    My wife's upgrade is in March, so I can pretty much give her the MAXX any time I want to go to a different phone. She loves the MAXX (mostly because of the battery life), so that is the only reason I'm not going and re-trading to get my Nexus back.

    I'm hoping the S3 gets and early release, because that's probably what I will be getting. If I have to wait any longer than say Fall 2012, I will probably settle on something else though. A friend of mine who claims to have "inside" sources said the S3 will be released in May/June - not sure how accurate that is though. I can definitely wait that long.
     
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    Now that I am using the 4.04 radios, I have excellent signal. It's just as good and reliable as my Razr and Rezound were with even faster data speeds. Hey bro, as long as you stay Android we'll still always have something to talk about! Enjoy your Maxx!
     
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    Im out now,and if you play it loud again,then Ill call ghost busters this time.:D
     
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    what most people don't realize is that it's verizon's exchange server that's causing 99% of signal issues. it's inconsistent and can affect certain phones more than others. there's plenty of complaints of poor signal strength in various razrmaxx forums (along with every other LTE phone that's been made) as well.

    people are running out and returning phones not realizing vzw will have it under control with network revisions. my GN used to drop data/voice twice a day when i first got it-now it hasn't done that in almost 3 weeks.


    obviously most people don't know anything about an exchange server, and think the issue lies with the phone itself. i'm lucky to know quite a few engineers that are creating LTE networks for various carriers.


    it's obvious why vzw doesn't want to admit to network probs, as it would ruin their rep as having "the most reliable network in america". apparently they figure the losses due to unnecessary returns would affect them less financially.




    btw, based on the fact that moto is still updating the bionic just to get it working properly and also the fact that when moto updated all it's previous droid phones from froyo to gingerbread some months back they caused such a cluster of major issues that led to them pulling back the update from those phones only days later--i wouldn't expect the razrmaxx to get a properly working ICS within the next millennium. software is not moto's strong suit.
     
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    Thank you for the knowledge,and now Im in the know.
     
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    no prob! aren't you glad you're not one of the GN returners that will end up kicking themselves? lol :D



    there's actually been a couple tech articles online concerning the exchange server, but they've gone largely ignored since everyone is blowing up the forums blaming their phone for the signal issues lol
     
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